About this listing
We've converted the first floor sun porch into a bed room - Kitchen, Laundry, off-street Parking, and a shared bathroom. Lovely view of the garden and the beach that is just outside the backyard; you can go swimming at the beach!
We live in an 18 room 160 year old house that was once occupied by just one family! Barney has lived here all of his life, our 4 children grew up here, and we like the combination of a small town dynamic, living on the beach, and still be 20 minutes from the center of the city.
Enjoy the fresh fruit in the bowl on the kitchen table, the orange juice, english muffins, yogurt, and Mary's homemade granola. Barney makes great coffee early in the morning, as well as a fresh batch of his signature muffins!
You will have full Kitchen to make meals, Back Porch for Outdoor Meals, and Lounging. Back yard for relaxing. Laundry room. Baby Grand Piano on the second floor that you are welcome to play.
Interaction with Guests
We interact with guests when we are around, which is usually in the evenings. Conversation, guidance about Boston and New England. We are available to greet and facilitate our guests' visits; we can be around as much, or as little, as needed. We will provide detailed directions to access the house if guests arrive when we are not at home.
A diverse, residential neighborhood with lots of families and trees. Paths to jog or walk on the beach, easy access to bike rental, food shopping, restaurants, and coffee shops. The neighborhood is old - people who come here, stay here. Large Victorian houses - two city parks - walk along the harbor. 10 minutes away is a local, breakfast spot: McKenna's, open at 5:30 and Savin Bar and Kitchen open for lunch and dinner till about 11. About 20 minutes walk away are several restaurants - Indian, Chinese, Pizza, Vietnamese, Irish, UMass Boston, and the JFK Presidential Museum.
We are located an easy and pleasant 10 minute walk from the red line, providing easy access to all parts of the city, airport, Amtrak train, bus station, ferries to Cape Cod, and beyond. The Red Line operates from early morning till just after midnight daily, and later on the weekend.
Other Things to Note
You can walk out of the back yard to Dorchester Bay and the beach. The harbor walk bike path starts there and goes on for miles. Enjoy the fresh fruit, orange juice, english muffins, and yogurts in the morning or anytime. Barney makes great coffee in the morning as well as his signature muffins! All guests have access to a full kitchen for cooking and/or enjoying meals. Feel free to play the piano; we love music in the house!
We have ample off-street parking but if you have a car let us know and we will be in touch with you about parking. Please be careful not to drive or walk in the driveway for 233 Savin Hill Avenue.
Check in time is 2 PM, check out time is 10 AM. Guests who arrive early can drop off their luggage after 10 AM. We are unable to accommodate arrivals earlier than 10 AM.
Guests who need to stay after the check out time are welcome to use the common area on the first floor for luggage storage.
NO SMOKING in the house or anywhere on the property.
Mary and Barney Carney live here in the Savin Hill neighborhood of Boston. As a family of 6, we've lived in this house for about 27 years, Robert, who's 19, Andrea, who's 31, and John and Grace who are 20 year old twins. are also here from time to time.
We're Bostonians and New Englanders from birth; we spend time here, in Provincetown and in Vermont. We don't have much spare time because Mary and Barney work full time, in higher education and computing. All four of our children have gone to the oldest school in the United States, Boston Latin School. We're all involved in community activities, mostly music - choirs, bands and the like, some politics and some church, and many other kinds of activities.
We live in what may be the most diverse square mile in Boston - people of every model and make. We've always had people living with us; we've sponsored refugees and had guests from around the world. There are lively discussions and debates about everything from quantum mechanics to driving habits, from living to dying, from rock climbing to meditation.